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The campaign to renovate St. Joseph Church


St. Joseph Church has a rich history as the first Catholic Church in Shawnee and the second in Johnson County, Kansas by a matter of weeks. At least five generations of Catholics have worshipped here. The photos and timeline below highlight some of the key places and times in our parish life.


1868: St. Joseph Church was built on this site. It was the second Catholic Church in Johnson County, KS.

1873: St. Joseph School was built.

1894: Fire destroyed the original Church building. Afterward, services were held in the school.

1906: A new Church building was completed.

1918: The parish rectory was built on the parish block.

1926: A new Church was constructed.

1930: A new rectory was completed (the current rectory building).

1934: St. Joseph High School was established.

1952: A new St. Joseph High School building was completed on campus.

1958: A new grade school was completed. (It is now the Parish Center.)

1967: Plans were approved for a new Church building, which is our current Church. The Knights of Columbus Hall was built this year.

1980: St. Joseph High School became Aquinas High School, on the St. Joseph campus 1980-1988.

2003: A new K-8 Education Center was built on campus.

2005: A new, free-standing Adoration Chapel was built between the Church and Parish Center

History Images